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Help! Or: Get her to the Conference [Mar. 5th, 2013|09:59 pm]

I have entered to win a scholarship to the Backspace Writers Conference in May. I need to get the most votes out of about a hundred entries. Read the entries here.

This is my log line:

Entry 56: FIRE AND BLOOD | Urban Fantasy

When Montreal police start finding bodies of youths with
magical potential, Trinity McCormac, the only powerless descendent of a
legendary family of witches, knows the killer has learned the secret she
once uncovered: that it’s possible to steal people’s powers by eating
their souls, but she cannot go to the authorities without making herself
a prime suspect. Can she catch the killer before he succeeds in making
himself the most powerful witch of all time, and can she defeat him
without becoming a killer herself?

All I need from you you, dear readers, bloggers, friends, is a small vote. One small vote each. It would make me a very happy blogger and grateful friend. Also, I bake. Did I mention that?

Anyways, if you think my entry is worth a trip to New York, or if you have other, darker reasons to vote for me, I won’t judge, just click this link and vote for number 56: Blood and Fire.

Remember, a vote for number 56: Fire and Blood is a vote for the future!

I’m not going to promise it would make the world a better place, but it just might. It just might.

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Girly meme [Dec. 29th, 2012|10:15 pm]

My girly percentage:

You own over 10 bottles of nail polish [ ] You own a designer purse [ ] You own perfume that cost over $60 [ ] You had/have fake nails [x] You have more body/hair products than you can use [ ]Your pet is a chihuahua/Pomeranian/Terrier/Siamese [ ] You have clothes/shoes/accessories for your pet [ ] You have enough clothes to cover an entire refugee camp. [ ] You have enough pictures to create your own wallpaper. [ ] A pink comforter, carpeting, walls or sheets. [ ]

Total so far: 1

Do you:
Spend more time at the mall than you do at home/work [ ] Have a hair color that is not natural [ ] Have "blonde moments" at least once a day [ ] Buy stuff because it's awesome and then never wear it [ ] Constantly keep your phone at your side [x] Dance around in your room when nobody else is home [x] Have a name for your car [ ] Know what celebrity is dating who and who broke up this week [ ] Refuse to go out in public without makeup [ ] Prefer to be called "princess" [ ]

Total so far: 3

Do you adore:
Makeup [ ] Glitter [ ] The Color Pink [ ] Shopping [ ] Jewelry [x] Mirrors [x] Chick flicks [ ] Shoes [x] Rainbows [ ] Unicorns [ ] Disney Movies [x] Candles [ ] Flowers [x] Stuffed Animals [ ] Purses [ ]

Total so far: 8

Do you shop at:
Coach [ ] Forever 21 [ ] Victoria's Secret [ ] Guess [ ] Claires [ ] Express [ ] Delias [ ]MAC [ ] Sephora [ ] Bebe Total [ ]

Total so far: 8

Do you say:
Bitch [x] Whatever [x] Oh my gosh/goodness [x]Hun [ ] Fugly [ ]That's hot [x] Dunzo [ ] Darling [ ]Psh [ ] Cutie [ ]Hottie [ ] Skank [ ] Totally [x] For Sure [ ] Fantabulous [ ]

Total so far: 13

Do You Read:
Cosmopolitan [ ] Glamour [ ] Marie Claire [ ] Elle [ ] Vogue [ ] People [ ] Us Weekly [ ] Star [ ] Self [ ] PerezHilton.com [ ] Dlisted.com [ ] 17online.com [ ] people.com [ ] usmagazine.com [ ] popsugar.com [ ] Pink Is The New Blog.com [ ]

Total so far: 13

Do You Love These:
Legally Blonde [ ] Elizabethtown [ ] Mean Girls [ ] Now & Then [ ] The Notebook [ ] A Walk to Remember [ ]Sweet Home Alabama [ ] Where the Heart is [ ] Just my luck [ ] John Tucker Must Die [ ] Centerstage [ ] Bring It On [ ] How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days [ ] Mona Lisa Smile [ ] My Girl [ ]

Total so far: 13

Are you Addicted to:
America's Next Top Model [ ]Project Runway [ ] Desperate Housewives [ ] The Simple Life [ ] 8th & Ocean [ ] Sex & the City [ ] Grey's Anatomy [ ] The O.C. [ ] Laguna Beach/The Hills [ ] Nip/Tuck [ ] Gilmore Girls [ ] The Vampire Diaries [x] Gossip Girl [ ] Lipstick Jungle [ ]



That's your girly percentage.

My girly percentage: 26%
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Bookshelf meme [Nov. 23rd, 2012|11:29 am]
Stolen from eve_n_furter!

Answer the questions with titles from your bookshelf. It is much harder than you'd think.

I Didn't Mean to be Kevin

How are you?
I Drink for a Reason

How has your day been?
Strangeness in the Proportions

What are you wearing right now?
The Elements of Style

What are you listening to right now?
Our Mutual Friend

What do you see when you look to the left?
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

What kind of weather do you have today?
Cloud Atlas

What are you doing this weekend?
Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

How are you spending your Christmas (or other midwinter celebration)?
T is for Trespass

What do you hope to find under your tree?
Stuff White People Like
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Apartment available for sublet [Sep. 16th, 2012|04:06 pm]
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New opportunities forces me to leave Montreal, and my lovely apartment will need new tenants. I hope someone wishes to make it their own and fill it with as many memories as I have. It's available from the 30th of October.

Here's the ad: http://montreal.en.craigslist.ca/sub/3275970462.html

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Meanwhile, in Latveria…‏ [Jun. 28th, 2012|01:15 pm]
Originally posted by nevermore_66 at Meanwhile, in Latveria…‏

“Excuse me, Doctor…uh…Doom? Can I have a moment of your time? I’m calling from Mothers Against War, Anguish, Hellaciousness, Anger, Hate, and Atrocity.”


“Yes, that’s us.”

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My year in sentences [Dec. 17th, 2011|12:49 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

It's that time a year again: the Christmas-memes are upon us. This time, I'm doing the first sentence of the first entry of each month thing. Here goes nothing:

I was going to write about the New Year's eve party I had (it was fun) and the nice Christmas I had with my man (very relaxing), but I am too busy trying to get my head out of my ass and my senses out of vacation mode so instead, I give you my yearly meme.

It took me a while, but I managed: despite my conscious choice to not do too much, I've filled my schedule to bursting point, over-booked my work week and gotten stressed out.

As you all probably already know: I'm a feminist.

Tired, but not sleepy.

I've finally done it: I've trained my body not to binge eat when it's sad.

So, it turns out I'll be in San Fransisco this summer, from 14th to the 19th of July.

I went to see it [HP7B] with Erik, a friend of [info]3ff3ct3r and me.

Other people put this better than me, so I'm just gonna link to their stuff.

So, I just saw the season finale of True Blood.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment".

A good Samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead.

It took me almost two years, but I finally feel like Canada is my home country too.

I think I've changed a lot this year, and for the better. I like these summary entries. Have a nice holiday everyone!
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Home from Norway [Dec. 17th, 2011|12:35 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |happyhappy]

It took me almost two years, but I finally feel like Canada is my home country too. It's weird, having two homes, but it's kinda nice as well. It means I have people I love in both places, different though they are, and that I lead two parallel lives that are equally awesome. Montreal-Martine is more laid back than Oslo-Martine, but she's also a bit less confident. Oslo-Martine is more driven than Montreal-Martine, but she's a bit less satisfied. Oslo-Martine has plans every day, she runs from one meeting to the next and she loves every minute of it. Montreal-Martine walks everywhere, watching the world around her, spinning tales in her head as she strolls past families and famous buildings, breathing in the familiar scents of the city and she loves every minute of it.

As I said, it's nice to have two homes at once.
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Five questions from raccoonbonapart [Nov. 27th, 2011|09:53 am]
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1. I already asked someone else this question, but I like it, so: What is
the most bizarre story that you have ever heard? (I mean one that someone
claims to be true.)

I think the one where someone drowned in Elephant poop. That was hilarious and mindblowing. I'd like to think it was true. (If I think of something that happened to someone I know, I'll make a second story).

2. What is your favorite type of thing to write?
Urban fantasy. It's my guilty pleasure writing and reading. I love the action, the slight noir tinge I can add, all femme fatales and smoking guns held by monsters.

3. Is there a time of day when you are more productive than the rest of
the day?

Mornings. From about 9am to 1pm, I'm quite productive. That being said, I still get work done other times of the day as well.

4. What food do you miss the most when you're training/trying to change
the way you eat?

When I eat paleo: cheese and anything with wheat.
When I eat low-carb: anything with wheat and apples.
Common denominator? I love bread!

5. What is your favorite winter related activity?
I want to say ice-skating, but I haven't actually done it in 10 year. Still, this will be the year, I think. Other than that, my favorite winter activity would be snowball fights. Or tobogganing. Or making snow angels.

Anyone want questions from me?
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My names [Nov. 23rd, 2011|10:40 pm]

1.Your Real Name: Martine Helene
2.Your "Gangsta" Name (first 3 letters of real name plus shizzle): Marshizzle
3.Your Detective Name (favorite colour & favourite animal): Green Dragon
4.Your Soap Opera Name (middle name & area you live on): Helene McGill Ghetto (are you sure that's not my gangsta name?)
5.Your Star Wars Name (first 3 letters of your last name, last 2 letters of your
first name): Svama
6.Your Superhero Name (2nd favourite colour & favorite drink): Red Coffee
7.Your Witness Protection Name (one of your parent's middle name): Helen
8.Your Goth Name (black & the name of one of your pets): Black Dust Bunny (it's that or my coffee maker, which would you prefer?)
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Congress wants to take away your internet. [Nov. 22nd, 2011|01:44 pm]
Originally posted by dynamicsymmetry at Congress wants to take away your internet.
Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


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